July 23, 2013
The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER) has received Peru's National Award of Environmental Citizenship for its environmental education programs promoting conservation of the Amazon Rainforest.
In announcing this prestigious award, Peru's Minister of Environment, Javier Pulgar Vidal, specifically cited ACEER's Puppet House, a traveling puppet show for rural Amazonian elementary school children.
The Puppet House is the brain child of ACEER's Director of Education, Licia Silva Ortiz, who delivers the popular program to hundreds of school children each year in the southeastern Peruvian region of Madre de Dios. Through rainforest characters, such as Yoqui the Brave Parrot, the Puppet House teaches rural Amazonian children the value of the rainforest, and why it is important to them and to the world to keep it standing, intact and used sustainably.
"We couldn't be more thrilled with this award," says ACEER President, Dr. Roger Mustalish. "It speaks to ACEER's commitment to provide life inspiring experiential learning to those living in the Amazon as well as a global audience. "This Puppet House, and its assortment of zany Amazonian animals and plants, brings a simple, yet powerful, message of the need for rainforest conservation."
ACEER was selected for this award following a national competition with over 150 organizations vying for the award. Last year, ACEER was a finalist, showcasing its teacher training program using a unique “leaf pack” sampling device to monitor aquatic biodiversity.
Headquartered in West Chester, Pa. and hosted by West Chester University, ACEER has offices and programs throughout the Peruvian Amazon. Learn more here.